Holiness is happiness!
(Arthur Pink, 1949)
"Her ways are ways of pleasantness — and all her paths are peace!" Proverbs 3:17
The Satan-deceived world imagines that godliness is a thing of gloom — rather than of gladness; that it is something which the saints endure — rather than enjoy. On the contrary, holiness is happiness!
It is neither the mirth of the fool, nor the giddy gaiety of the thoughtless — but a "peace which passes all understanding" (Philippians 4:7), and a heart-satisfaction not to be found elsewhere! So far from piety robbing us of freedom, it conducts into true liberty — delivering from the bondage of sin. Christ's yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30).
God has established an inseparable connection between holiness — and happiness; between our pleasing Him — and our enjoyment of His providential smile.
Worldly mirth is at best evanescent — but the delights of holiness are eternal.
Only the One Who made us — can truly content us!